Information Systems

Migrating from Fortran to ISA S-88

Ford, J., Kolluri, T., Bozeman, J., MAVERICK Technologies

A major refiner operates two catalytic reforming units for gasoline octane improvement and aromatics production in Texas. In each of these units, five reactors filled with catalyst are operated continuously in series to reform paraffinic hydrocarbons in the presence of hydrogen (H2). During this process, some byproduct coke is unavoidably produced and deposits on the catalyst, which leads to gradual catalyst deactivation.

TOYO launches ‘digital fertilizer’ for Indonesian plant

Toyo Engineering Corporation (TOYO, President and CEO Kiyoshi Nakao) has developed and launched the first “digital fertilizer” for the fertilizer plant owned and operated by PT Pupuk Sriwidjaja Palembang (PUSRI) in Palembang in South Sumatra, Indonesia as a subsidiary of state-owned Indonesian fertilizer company, PT Pupuk Indonesia.

Honeywell survey shows low adoption of industrial cyber security

HOUSTON — Honeywell released a new study showing industrial companies are not moving quickly to adopt cyber security measures to protect their data and operations, even as attacks have increased around the globe.

Emerson completes Paradigm acquisition

ST. LOUIS — Emerson announced it has completed the purchase of Paradigm, a leading provider of software solutions to the oil and gas industry.

Incorporate assurance into an operational readiness program—Part 1

Picheo, G., Reed, W., Jacobs Consultancy

This two-part article will examine how to address common issues on large projects, and how to make an ordered, structured transition in a systematic and repeatable way.a

BP, AspenTech renew license agreement to improve operations through technology

BEDFORD, Mass. — Aspen Technology, Inc., the asset optimization software company, announced that BP has renewed its license agreement for aspenONE Engineering, a suite of products focused on process engineering and optimization, and aspenONE Manufacturing and Supply Chain, a suite of process operations and supply chain software.

ADIPEC ’17: Energy sector overtaking finance as cyber-crime target in Middle East

ABU DHABI, UAE — Energy is overtaking banking and finance as a target for cyber-criminals in the Middle East, yet companies in the sector are leaving themselves significantly more open to a successful attack, leading international experts have told the Security in Energy conference in Abu Dhabi.

Tenable, Siemens form partnership to secure critical infrastructure

Tenable, Inc., a cyber exposure company, and Siemens announced a strategic partnership to help energy, utilities and oil and gas companies close the industry readiness gap with a new solution for industrial asset discovery and vulnerability management.

Innovations

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

ABB has introduced a new MID/OIML R117 certified high-accuracy CoriolisMaster Coriolis mass flowmeter for custody transfer applications in the oil and gas industry (FIG. 1).

Machinery: Soft skills and habits that all machinery professionals must develop—Part 2

Perez, R. X., Consultant

In Part 1 of this column (Hydrocarbon Processing, September), I began discussing useful techniques that fall into the general category referred to as “soft skills.”